Re: Are you happy or sad that....
im sad that the Fedal era is over, I enjoyed it very much, 2 of the sport's greatest players and champions, but then again i knew it could not last forever, and that if ever one of them was to drop down in the rankings, then it would be Rafa, the poor guy has exerted so much energy and effort the last 4, 5 years chasing Fed and pushing himself to his physical limits.
rafa had an incredible 2008, winning French Open, Wimbledon and Olympic Gold, and also achieved the no.1 ranking that year as well, that really took alot out of him. to sum up rafa's style, ill quote what john mcenroe once said:
'Nadal's writing cheques his body can't cash', sadly I think we might only see Rafa for another 2 years or so, just a hunch.
as much as some might hate Fed reigning at the top, well you just have to admit that he is just that good at playing and winning slams, even when he loses, it is when he has been taken to a 5th set and just mentally collapsed (exception is French Open 2008, he just got totally massacred by Rafa). he can keep playing for another 5 years or so.
full credit to Rafa though, he was the only player who was able to take it to Fed when Fed was dominating all his pigeons and turkeys, sadly now that has taken a huge toll on him, he may only be 23, but seems like Rafa is a few years older than that, he was only 17 when he first came on the scene.
the next group to take over the top spots will be, as you say, Nole/Murray/Del Potro/Cilic/Dimitrov(?), those first 4 guys I mentioned are 21, 22, young, plenty of time for them to win more slams, once Fed goes into retirement.
NOLE - RAFA - ROGER - DELPO - MUZZA - TSONGA
Also supporting: Rusty, Pics, Nalby, Nando, Baggy, Kei, Isner, Blake, Kolya, Berdych, Richie, Soderling, Gil
Ana - Wozzy - Vika - Kimmy - Makiri